About Us

The Center for Lincoln Studies furthers the mission of the University of Illinois Springfield by providing activities related to the study of Lincoln, Springfield, the state of Illinois, and the nation.  Through education, research, and outreach, the Center provides students, faculty, scholars, and the public with opportunities to understand the life and times of the 16th President and his impact on the modern period.


The Center for Lincoln Studies will educate UIS students about the life, legacy, and character of President Lincoln.

  • Providing student seminars examining Lincoln and his leadership.
  • Hosting teacher seminars for UIS faculty, Education students, and school teachers exploring research and public policy using Lincoln as an example.
  • Working with national Lincoln organizations, museums, and historic sites.


Resources for Lincoln Studies in Springfield include...

  • the Brookens Library at UIS
  • the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • the Illinois State Library
  • the Illinois State Archives
  • Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Public Library

About CFLS

  • The Center for Lincoln Studies will actively promote original research into Lincoln’s life and times by...
    • cooperating with the University of Illinois Press to publish Lincoln primary source materials and monographs.
    • working with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project
    • cooperating with the Abraham Lincoln Association to publish a scholarly journal
    • encouraging graduate students and post docs from around the country and the world to come to Springfield, as well as take advantage of the incomparable resources in town
  • Scholars can avail themselves of the many Lincoln authorities in Springfield:
    • local archaeologists and historians
    • the National Park Service employees
    • members of the Abraham Lincoln Association
    • the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission
    • the Old State Capitol
    • the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    • the Iles House
    • local historical societies in nearby cities and towns

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Center for Lincoln Studies News

Jan 12, 2022
Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at University of Illinois Springfield, is the author of…
Jan 12, 2022
Graham Peck is the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  The…